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MALAYSIA: 24 feared dead in Islamic boarding school fire

MALAYSIA: 24 feared dead in Islamic boarding school fire

Tragedy struck at an Islamic boarding school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia when a suspected electrical short circuit caused an inferno that broke out in a top floor dormitory of the school burning more than 20 people, including students to death.

According to a statement from the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department, the outbreak which ravaged the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, a “tahfiz” boarding school for boys where students learn to memorise the Koran, was reported around 5.40 a.m. local time (2140 GMT Wednesday).

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A statement by the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department revealed that the fire began in the sleeping quarters on the top floor of the three-storey school building. It put the death toll at 25 people, but later revised it to 22 students and 2 wardens.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Amar Singh told reporters the boys who died were aged 13-17, and that they were probably suffocated due to smoke inhalation.

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